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George Babbitt (Bloom"s Major Literary Characters)

by Harold Bloom

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  • 25 Currently reading

Published by Chelsea House Publications .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Literary studies: general,
  • Literary Criticism & Collections,
  • Conformity in literature,
  • Satire, American,
  • Businessmen in literature,
  • Juvenile Nonfiction,
  • Children"s Books/Young Adult Misc. Nonfiction,
  • Lewis, Sinclair,,
  • Children: Young Adult (Gr. 10-12),
  • General,
  • American - General,
  • Babbitt,
  • Political and social views,
  • 1885-1951,
  • History and criticism

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages180
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8159709M
    ISBN 100791076679
    ISBN 109780791076675

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    With his portrait of George F. Babbit, the conniving, prosperous real-estate man from Zenith, Sinclair Lewis created one of the ugliest, but most convincing, figures in American fiction -- the total conformist. Babbitt's demons are power in his community and the self-esteem he can only receive from others. About Babbitt. In the fall of , Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity.

    In many ways, Babbitt points out a possible emptiness if not also a betrayal in the American Dream. According to popular opinion, George Babbitt should be a very happy man. He is successful, has a family, has a nice house and car, belongs to an elite club, and is a respected salesman. In this sardonic portrait of the up-and-coming middle class during the prosperous s, Sinclair Lewis () perfectly captures the sound, the feel, and the attitudes of the generation that created the cult of consumerism. With a sharp eye for detail and keen powers of observation, Lewis tracks successful realtor George Babbitt's daily struggles to rise to the top of his profession.


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George Babbitt (Bloom"s Major Literary Characters) by Harold Bloom Download PDF EPUB FB2

There isn't a whole lot of plot; it's more a novel of characters, including, of course, George Babbitt. He initially appears to be a pumped-up, full of himself aspirant to the 1%. For a large portion of the book he says all the right things at various local community clubs and political events about squashing unions and rewarding the go-getters needed to get the country back on its feet after the first world war/5().

After the enormous success of his novel Main Street, Sinclair Lewis turned to another icon of American life, this time the archetypal middle-class businessman, immortalized in the figure of George F. Babbitt, a prosperous real-estate broker in the Midwestern town of Zenith. He is a pillar of his community, a civic booster, and a believer in achieving success for its own sake, and his story is.

“Babbitt” is a novel written by the American novelist Sinclair Lewis and was first published in It follows the story of the Babbitt family, specially George F. Babbitt, who lives in the city of Zenith, among a majority of middle-class Americans who aspire to live by /5.

Babbitt was first published inbut many readers find that the satire still applies to modern American life.

Lewis won the Nobel Prize for Literature in This novel is featured in our collection of 25 Great American Novels. George F. Babbitt The Good Boy. When we first meet Babbitt, the guy looks like your typical successful American man, at least by the standards of the s. He is a respected member of his community, a firm defender of free market capitalism, and a good provider for his (somewhat ungrateful) family.

As the narrator tells us early on, George thinks of business as a sort of spiritual faith, as he "beheld the. When the novel opens, Babbitt has begun to regularly indulge in fantasies about a fairy girl who makes him feel like a gallant youth.

Babbitt's family consists of his three children, Verona, Ted, and Tinka, and his dowdy, devoted wife, Myra. Babbitt's closest friend Paul Riesling is even more dissatisfied with his life. He is also more vocal about it.

When we first meet George F. Babbitt, it seems like everything in the guy's life is pretty dandy. Sure, he sometimes stresses about work and family, but who doesn't. At the end of the day, the guy seems like a good ol' American man who makes plenty of money and.

To George F. Babbitt, as to most prosperous citizens of Zenith, his motor car was poetry and tragedy, love and heroism. The office was his pirate ship but the car his perilous excursion ashore.

Among the tremendous crises of each day none was more dramatic than starting the engine. While Babbitt is considered a satire of living the "American Dream" during Prohibition, and much of Babbitt's secret thoughts and private behaviors are comical, the story isn't entirely humorous.

That is because this timeless story is very relatable and a mirror of real life. General George T. Babbitt is commander of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to.

On a morning in AprilGeorge F. Babbitt, a year-old real estate dealer, awakens in his house in the exclusive Floral Heights section of Zenith, a medium-sized, Midwestern city. Zenith is a typically expanding modern city with new factories and office buildings, modern homes, fine roads and express railroad service, as well as the usual.

Although this book was written in the 's,it remains timeless. George Babbitt is a middle class, self-satisfied,self-inflating business man who finds that his life is missing something he cannot identify and he is not happy.5/5(5). It’s and George F.

Babbitt is He lives in the up and coming city of Zenith. He is has a real-estate company with his father-in-law, Henry Thompson. Babbitt lives with his wife, Myra, a 22 year old daughter, Verona, who’s recently graduated from Bryn Mawr. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

Project Gutenberg; 61, free ebooks; 7 by Sinclair Lewis; Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis. Download; Bibrec; Bibliographic Record. Author: Lewis, Sinclair, Title: Babbitt Language: English: LoC Class: PS: Language and Literatures: American and Canadian literature.

In Main Street and Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis drew on his boyhood memories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, to reveal as no writer had done before the complacency and conformity of middle-class life in America. The remarkable novels presented here in this Library of America volume combine brilliant satire with a lingering affection for the men and women, who, as Lewis wrote of George Babbitt, want “to seize.

George F. Babbitt. Babbitt is a middle-aged successful real estate broker in Zenith. When the novel opens, he is a typical member of Zenith's hypocritical, ignorant, unthinking, conformist middle class.

However, he is vaguely dissatisfied with the monotonous, conventional middle-class lifestyle. To be a Babbitt or to be guilty of Babbittry is to behave like George F. Babbitt. It means that in one's private life one should, like Babbitt, read the morning paper and, then, computerlike, store up opinions from the editorial pages to regurgitate later with business associates when it is necessary to impress someone or settle arguments.

Directed by William Keighley. With Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Claire Dodd, Maxine Doyle. Middle aged George F. Babbitt is a leading citizen in the town of Zenith, the fastest growing community in America according to its town sign.

George is a large part of that growth as a property developer and realtor. He is lovingly married to his wife Myra, the two who have two children, Ted and /10(). The story of George F. Babbitt, booster, one hundred percenter, a hustling, prosperous real-estate broker in an average American city. Preview this book» What people are saying - Write a review5/5(1).

However, George F Babbitt, a self-intoxicated bully from the fictional city of Zenith, is a world away from Dublin's childless cuckold, Leopold Bloom. Inevitably, both books were.

Another day begins in the Babbitt household. The reader is introduced to George and Myra Babbitt. Chapter 2 The Babbitt family assembles for breakfast.

The reader is introduced to the Babbitt children, Verona, Ted, and little Tinka. Chapter 3 George Babbitt departs for work after a brief discussion with his neighbor, Mr. Littlefield. Chapter 4.George F. Babbitt is a year-old American real estate salesman living in the Midwestern city of Zenith.

He is successful, having a thriving business, a wife and three children, a very nice house and car, and all the modern conveniences.When Babbitt was first published infans gleefully hailed its scathing portrait of a crass, materialistic nation; critics denounced it as an unfair skewering of the American businessman.

Sparking heated literary debate, Babbitt became a controversial classic, securing Sinclair Lewis’s place as one of America’s preeminent social commentators/5(45).